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reWorked: The Diversity and Inclusion Podcast. EW Group & Challenge Consultancy: Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy.
Join the EW Group and Challenge team as they speak to leaders in diversity and inclusion, discussing the latest EDI themes, best practice and wellbeing tips. Learn how you can rework your company culture to make it more inclusive. Brought to you by the leading diversity and inclusion consultancy, EW Group and Challenge - we have over 65 years’ combined expertise in diversity consultancy, unconscious bias training and inclusive leadership.

reWorked: The Diversity and Inclusion Podcast EW Group & Challenge Consultancy: Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy

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reWorked: The Diversity and Inclusion Podcast. EW Group & Challenge Consultancy: Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy.
Join the EW Group and Challenge team as they speak to leaders in diversity and inclusion, discussing the latest EDI themes, best practice and wellbeing tips. Learn how you can rework your company culture to make it more inclusive. Brought to you by the leading diversity and inclusion consultancy, EW Group and Challenge - we have over 65 years’ combined expertise in diversity consultancy, unconscious bias training and inclusive leadership.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Rail Industry: Improving Gender Representation and Inclusivity

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Rail Industry: Improving Gender Representation and Inclusivity

    In this episode, Tash Thomas is joined by Dante Frederick, Diversity and Inclusion Partner at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the rail industry and the important DEI work GTR has been undertaking. 


    Exploring some of the DEI challenges facing the rail industry, Dante shares insights into the initiatives GTR has put in place to improve diversity in their workforce, from inclusive recruitment practices to appeal to a more diverse range of candidates, to developing an inclusive culture where all employees feel valued are able to be their authentic selves. 


    Tash and Dante discuss the lack of gender representation in particular roles in the rail force, and the success that GTR’s initiatives have yielded so far, such as a doubling in the number of female applicants applying for train driver roles and achieving a 50/50 gender split of new train driver hires. 


    On the benefits of diversifying the workforce, Dante comments: “It’s not just a tick box exercise. There is so much value in diversity of experience and perspective. If you have a team made up of the very top of whatever the focus is, if they are all from the same background and same perspectives, there will have the same blind spots and they will make the same mistakes. And as soon as you diversify, even a little bit, that really opens things up for creative problem solving and catching things that otherwise may not have been seen. There is tons of data that speaks to this.”


    Tash and Dante also explore the benefits of employee resource groups (ERGs) and share tips for successfully setting them up and how to take account of intersectionality in your approach to ERGs. They also discuss the importance of collecting diversity data and how this can help inform business decisions, but also the sensitivities many may feel sharing data on their protected characteristics. 


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    Follow EW Group on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in DEI or get in touch to find out how we can help you build a more inclusive workplace.

    • 52 min
    Series 4, Episode 15: Identity and Belonging - Black students’ experiences of racism within higher education

    Series 4, Episode 15: Identity and Belonging - Black students’ experiences of racism within higher education

    In this episode, Rachael Wilson is joined by Lateesha Osbourne to discuss her pHD research into black students’ sense of identity and belonging within higher education.
    Lateesha is a psychologist who applies a DEI lens to her work and in particular has significant expertise in race equality. She has worked with EW and Challenge since 2015 when she joined our team as Training and Business Development Officer and, after being away for a little while studying for her doctorate, is now back as a consultant working on a range of innovative client projects. 
    Lateesha explains the findings from her research which included gathering insights through focus groups with Black students on their experiences of racism. Lateesha analysed how experiences of racism affected the students’ sense of identity and belonging, and the strategies that they adopted to navigate the campus culture. Her findings provide us with a microcosm of other institutions and workplaces and an insight into the experiences of minority groups. 
    Rachael and Lateesha discuss how these findings can be used to inform the ways in which we go about breaking down workplace barriers to inclusion and belonging. They discuss how creating a culture where employees feel able to speak up is crucial to employees’ wellbeing, progression and performance.  
    Follow Lateesha Osbourne on LinkedIn or Twitter to keep up-to-date with her latest news and work. 
    Follow EW Group and Challenge Consultancy on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in diversity and inclusion or get in touch to find out how we can help you build a more inclusive workplace.

    • 34 min
    Series 4, Episode 13: Overcoming adversity - A personal story about diversity, acceptance and driving a culture of workplace inclusion

    Series 4, Episode 13: Overcoming adversity - A personal story about diversity, acceptance and driving a culture of workplace inclusion

    In this episode, Sush Bastola, Sales Director at the EW Group and Challenge Consultancy, meets Graci Harkema to discuss overcoming adversity and creating a culture of belonging in the workplace. Graci is a US-based diversity specialist. 
    Graci shares her moving and inspirational personal story from being born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during civil unrest with little chance of survival, to being adopted, moving to the USA, realising her sexual orientation and ultimately  accepting herself for who she is. 
    Graci says: “I was living for others’ expectations instead of accepting my own identities. For so long I saw my identities as my shame instead of my strength.”
    Sush and Graci also discuss how employers can develop authentic leadership and truly be inclusive to support an internal culture which makes employees want to stay. Graci shares insights into how her past colleagues and employer supported her through her journey and helped her feel a sense of belonging in the workplace where she could be her authentic self. 
    With increasing pressure from customers, staff, networks and communities to develop more ethical and inclusive practices, they explore how fostering an inclusive culture not only gives organisations a competitive edge in the marketplace, but also positively impacts the bottom line as a result of stronger collaboration and teamwork which directly contribute to the productivity and service the organisation provides. 
    Follow Graci Harkema on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit her website. Graci’s memoir ‘Rising: From a Mud Hut to the Boardroom - and Back Again is now available for pre-order and will be released in Spring 2023. 
    Follow EW Group on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in diversity and inclusion or get in touch to explore how we can work with you to build safe and inclusive environments at work.

    • 29 min
    Series 4, Episode 14: Social mobility - From education, to recruitment and the workplace

    Series 4, Episode 14: Social mobility - From education, to recruitment and the workplace

    In this episode of the reWorked podcast, Karen Fonseka, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, talks to Edmund Newell, Principal and Chief Executive at Cumberland Lodge, about social mobility.  Edmund is an economic historian and priest in the Church of England, he was previously a Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he was the founding Director of the St Paul’s Institute, and Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
    Sharing their personal stories, Edmund and Karen discuss social mobility in education, through to recruitment and the workplace. They explore some of the obstacles facing individuals and how organisations can help support and make their roles more accessible and workplaces more inclusive. They also discuss the need to improve accessibility to the workplace through apprenticeship schemes and mentor programmes which focus on developing practical skills needed in the workplace. 

    Edmund also shares an overview of the work Cumberland Lodge does to empower and help people overcome social division. Cumberland Lodge is a charity and educational foundation with a mission to empower people, and tackle the causes and effects of social division, with a particular focus on nurturing young talent. 
    Follow Cumberland Lodge on LinkedIn and Twitter.
    Follow EW Group on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in diversity and inclusion.
    EW Group and Challenge Consultancy have worked with organisations to build more diverse and inclusive cultures for over 30 years. Get in touch to explore how we can work with you to build safe and inclusive environments at work.

    • 43 min
    Series 4, Episode 12: Our Founders: Reflecting on 30 years in DE&I with Femi Otitoju and Jane Farrell

    Series 4, Episode 12: Our Founders: Reflecting on 30 years in DE&I with Femi Otitoju and Jane Farrell

    Nicole Benton, EW Group Sales Executive,  speaks to Femi Otitoju, founder of Challenge Consultancy, and Jane Farrell, co-founder of EW Group, about their journeys into the DE&I industry. 
    Sharing their personal stories and how they bring their experiences and social identities into their work, Femi and Jane discuss what has changed in diversity and inclusion approaches and legislation during their time in the industry. 
    From the questionable cars in their early careers, to riding a fire engine through Pride and working with Mercedes-AMG F1, they reflect on their proudest moments and the exciting times ahead with the coming together of the two organisations, positioning them as the leading EDI consultancy in the UK with over 65 years’ combined expertise. 

    Follow EW Group on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in diversity and inclusion.
    EW Group has worked with organisations to build more diverse and inclusive cultures for almost thirty years. Get in touch to explore how we can work with you to build safe and inclusive environments at work.

    • 35 min
    Series 4, Episode 11: Authentic Communications for LGBT+ History Month & Pride

    Series 4, Episode 11: Authentic Communications for LGBT+ History Month & Pride

    In this latest episode of our reWorked podcast, Polly Shute and Tash Thomas, EW Group Diversity & Inclusion Consultants, discuss how organisations can create authentic communications to acknowledge LGBT+ History Month in February in the UK and Pride in June.

    With 2022 marking its 50th year, Tash and Polly share insights into the history of Pride as a protest, how it has evolved over the years and explore how brands can meaningfully support the LGBT+ community and Pride all year round.

    Polly said: "It is important organisations remember Pride is an emotional brand and make sure they understand the history of Pride and what it actually means before creating an internal or external campaign. Discuss with your ERG networks, colleagues, communities and charities to engage with it effectively and make a positive contribution to your employees and clients."

    Tash commented: “One of the challenges is some companies may not even be aware of what their staff demographics are – Out Now’s research in 2020 found only 45% of LGBT+ people in the UK feel able to be out to everyone at work. Just because they might not be visibly out and proud, doesn’t mean they don’t exist in the organisation.”

    You can also download our factsheet with 10 top tips on how brands can meaningfully engage with Pride.

    Follow EW Group on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news and thinking in diversity and inclusion.
    EW Group has worked with organisations to build more diverse and inclusive cultures for almost thirty years. Get in touch to explore how we can work with you to build safe and inclusive environments at work.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Rigglet02 ,

A great time to reflect

A brilliant discussion to help refocus your attention to building trust and the various ways this is done - really great listen thank you!

Titilatoon ,

Excellent

Absolutely loved how Chris underlines the importance of giving trust upfront rather than creating a work environment where people have to prove they can be trusted. Great episode!

Son_80 ,

Thought provoking and insightful

Really enjoyed this first episode and looking forward to the next one. Great food for thought on trust, leadership and communication and how situational leadership, frameworks and trust can help build more confident and creative teams.

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